Male sexual problems

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Male sexual problems

It's estimated 1 in 10 men has a problem related to having sex, such as premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction. Sexual problems can affect any man, whether he is straight, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Erectile dysfunction (impotence)

This is when a man can't get, or keep, an erection. Most men experience it at some time in their life, and the causes can be physical or psychological. Physical causes include heart disease, diabetes and raised blood pressure. Alcohol, smoking and illegal drugs, as well as some prescription medicines, can also cause erectile problems. Worries about work, money, your relationship, family, and even worrying about not getting an erection can all be factors

Premature ejaculation

This is when a man ejaculates (comes) sooner than he wants to during sex. It's only a problem if it bothers him or his partner. Causes can include anxiety about sexual performance, stress, unresolved issues in a relationship, or depression. Premature ejaculation is the most common ejaculation problem. It's where the male ejaculates too quickly during sexual intercourse. A study looking at 500 couples from five different countries found the average time taken to ejaculate during intercourse was around five-and-a-half minutes. However, it's up to each couple to decide if they’re happy with the time taken – there’s no definition of how long sex should last. Occasional episodes of premature ejaculation are common and aren't a cause for concern. However, if you're finding that around half of your attempts at sex result in premature ejaculation, it might help to get treatment.

Various psychological and physical factors can cause a man to suddenly experience premature ejaculation.

Common physical causes include:

  • 1.prostate problems
  • 2.thyroid problems – an overactive or underactive thyroid gland
  • 3.using recreational drugs

Common psychological causes include:

  • 1.depression
  • 2.stress
  • 3.relationship problems
  • 4.anxiety about sexual performance (particularly at the start of a new relationship, or when a man has had previous problems with sexual performance)

Loss of sex drive

  • Losing your sex drive, or libido, is common. It can be linked to a number of factors, including relationship issues, stress, anxiety and side effects of medication.
  • Loss of libido (sex drive) is a common problem that affects many men and women at some point in their life.
  • It's often linked to relationship issues, stress or tiredness, but can be a sign of an underlying medical problem, such as reduced hormone levels.
  • Everyone's sex drive is different – there's no such thing as a "normal" libido. But if you find your lack of desire for sex distressing or it's affecting your relationship, it's a good idea to get help.